DAY 1 - Meet in Dublin
Meet at Dublin Airport and depart for Galway. On route we’ll stop off in Athlone, known as the centre of Ireland and we’ll enjoy a welcome drink in Sean’s Bar, the oldest bar in Ireland before making our way on to Galway City. Once we check into our hotel we will enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music with Emma, Eoin and friends.
DAY 2 - Explore Galway
We begin today with a walking tour of Galway City. This busy and buzzing city is known all over the world for its Claddagh Jewellery, varied street performances, cultural diversity and architectural beauty. We will take a short drive to Oranmore Castle, home of the late Alec Finn, founding member of the band De Dannan. Built in the 15th century, this castle boasts amazing views over Galway Bay with authentic artefacts and we’ll enjoy a few tunes with our musicians in the great hall. Next on the tour is a very exclusive and exciting opportunity to visit and see an instrument maker at work, Paul Doyle. You will get to see how a range of different instruments are made. The Rest of the day is your own to explore the cobbled streets and sample some of the finest seafood on offer.
DAY 3 - Galway to Dingle
Today we set off for Dingle. On route we will we stop at the Cliffs of Moher, sea cliffs that run for 14km and at their highest point are 702ft above sea level. After a short ferry crossing over the Shannon Estuary, we proceed to the coastal village of Dingle, Co. Kerry, famous for its Traditional Irish Music, star wars film set and Fungi the Dolphin. After dinner we can relax and enjoy some Irish Music with our hosts and friends in Tommy O’Sullivan’s Pub.
DAY 4 - The Slea Head Drive
This Morning we will do the Slea Head drive around the Dingle peninsula part of the Wild Atlantic Way. This circular route offers some breath taking views and along the route are ancient monuments. We will then have a tour of the whiskey distillery and a little nip at the end!. This afternoon is your own time to explore Dingle, it’s wonderful restaurants, pubs and shops and we’ll have music tonight in the famous Courthouse Bar.
DAY 5 - The road to Ennis
Today we leave Dingle and make our way to Ennis, some say the music capital of Ireland. En route we’ll stop off in Adare to stretch or legs before making our way to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village for a tour. The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. We’ll take a tour of this iconic fortress; hear and see how the lords and ladies of this castle lived; hear stories of battles and bravery and enjoy stunning views across the idyllic Clare countryside. Once in Ennis, we’ll enjoy some of the many sessions that make this stop one of the most enjoyable.
DAY 6 - Ennis
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the shops, pubs and restaurants and take in more of the amazing music freely available throughout the town. Tonight we’ll take in a performance at the Glor Theatre, famous for it’s cultural events and performances.
DAY 7 - Ennis to Kilkenny
This Morning we leave for Kilkenny. Along the way we’ll stop of for a visit to the Cashel Folk Village situated at the foot of the Rock of Cashel.Cashel Folk Village is a multi-award winning museum, containing an incredible, vast collection of original memorabilia relating to many different periods of Irish history. From here we continue on to Kilkenny and pay a visit to the Smithwicks Experience for a tour of the oldest brewery in Ireland and a sample of the famous pint. As this is our last night, we’ll enjoy a special session with our hosts, Emma and Eoin in Bollard’s Bar along with some of our friends.
DAY 8 - A fond Farewell
As all good things must come to an end, this morning we make our way back to Dublin Airport and our onward journeys full of great memories, lasting friendships and great music.